Our Team

Youthprise Leadership

Marcus Pope


Marcus Pope, Youthprise’s President, works closely with the Board of Directors to execute Youthprise’s strategic priorities. He provides oversight for all organizational areas including grantmaking,… Read More

Wokie Weah

President Emeritus

As the first and former President of Youthprise, Wokie Weah provided executive leadership and vision, worked in partnership with the board of directors and brokers… Read More

Board of Directors

*Denotes Youth Board Directors (ages 16-25)


Dan Haugen, Board Co-Chair

PhD, Retired Nonprofit/Higher Education Executive and Instructor

Delina Haileab*, Board Co-Chair

Research Analyst, The Strategic Organizing Center

Wylie Klawitter, Treasurer

Audit Manager, BWK Rogers PC

Brittany Rice, Secretary

Director of Equity & Inclusion Minnesota Housing Finance Authority

Executive Staff

Marcus Pope

President & CEO, Youthprise

Claire Dunlap

Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Youthprise


Anika Ward

Founder & Principal, Sankofa Leadership Network

Thompson Aderinkomi

Co-Founder and CEO Nice Healthcare

Darian Lofton*

Bridgemakers, World Youth Connect

Deneene Graham

Founder/Principal Consultant, Deneene Graham Consulting, LLC

Hayat Muse*

Co-founder, Kow iyo Labo Student, Harvard University

Dr. Jennifer Waltman

Founding Partner, NeuroCALM Adjunct Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Kalid Ali*

Student, Macalester College

Lincoln Bacal*

Chief Operating Officer, Bridgemakers MN

Moira Villiard

Independent Visual Artist

James Miller*

Development and Communications Coordinator Legal Rights Center

Nichole White

SVP, Health Plan, Regulated Markets and Military Division Cigna

Christopher Crutchfield*

Student, Highland Park Senior High School

Madigan Webb*

Student / Editor in Chief and Head of Legal Team Edina High School / MN Teen Activists

Noah Yehalashet*

Student / Youth Representative / Youth Researcher Math & Science Acacdemy / MN Youth

Pastor Kelly Chatman

Executive Director/Pastor, Center for Leadership

Dr. Myriam Roby

Health Equity Clinical Outcomes Director, Hennepin Health Care

Sandra Pulles

Vice President of Equity and Inclusion, ServeMinnesota

Charlie St. Dennis*

Student, Highland Park Senior High School


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